Investments Include $32 Million to greatly help A LOT MORE THAN 1 Million People in Socially Vulnerable Communities
WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2022 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small today announced that USDA is awarding $74 million in grants to boost healthcare facilities (PDF, 321 KB) in rural towns over the Nation. These grants can help 143 rural healthcare organizations expand critical services for 3 million people in 37 states, Guam and Puerto Rico. The investments include $32 million for 67 rural healthcare organizations to greatly help a lot more than 1 million people surviving in socially vulnerable communities.
Beneath the leadership of President Biden, Vice President Harris and Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, USDA is focused on ensuring people, irrespective of where they live, get access to high-quality and reliable healthcare services like urgent care, primary care, and dental hygiene, Torres Small said. The Emergency Rural HEALTHCARE Grants being announced today will build, renovate and equip doctor facilities like hospitals and clinics in rural areas in 37 states. Having sustainable and accessible healthcare infrastructure in rural areas is crucial to medical and well-being of the thousands of people surviving in small towns over the Nation.
The Biden-Harris Administration made these funds obtainable in the Emergency Rural HEALTHCARE Grants Programs through its historic legislative package, the American Rescue Plan Act. The Act which program are types of the governments capability to respond quickly to make sure everyone and family has usage of high-quality healthcare regardless of their zip code.
USDA Rural Development promotes a wholesome community and environment through the Emergency Rural HEALTHCARE Grants to ensure people, kids and families get access to medical care they want. The grants support the power of rural communities to supply healthcare to individuals and places inside our country that often lack access.
The investments can help rural hospitals and healthcare providers implement telehealth and nutrition assistance programs, increase staffing to manage COVID-19 vaccines and testing, build or renovate facilities, and buy medical supplies. In addition they can help regional partnerships, public bodies, nonprofits and Tribes solve regional rural healthcare problems and create a stronger, more sustainable rural healthcare system in reaction to the pandemic. For instance:
- In Georgia, Crisp Regional Hospital use a $1 million grant to recuperate lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The recovery of lost funds allows the hospital to keep with critical services in rural Georgia.
- In North Dakota, the Rolette County Public Health District use a $155,000 grant to create a storage unit to accommodate the districts mobile health clinic. The mobile health clinic helps 14,000 Rolette County residents access healthcare, nutritional assistance and vaccines. The storage unit will protect the clinic from extreme climate.
- In Texas, the Big Bend Regional Hospital District use a $5 million grant to partner with Preventative Care Health Services Inc., Terlingua Fire & EMS and the town of Presidio. The organizations will establish an after-hours clinic in Presidio and develop a part-time primary care clinic in Terlingua. In addition they will establish a paramedicine program, implement a behavioral healthcare management program and launch a telemedicine program for residents in Presidio and Terlingua.
The investments announced today will expand healthcare services in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, NJ, New Mexico, NY, Nevada, NEW YORK, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, SC, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Guam and Puerto Rico.
USDA will announce additional awardees for Emergency Rural HEALTHCARE Grants in the coming weeks and months.
Background: Emergency Rural HEALTHCARE Grants
Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act in March 2021 to provide immediate economic relief to people influenced by the pandemic. Within months following the Acts passage, USDA responded quickly by causeing this to be funding open to ensure the long-term option of rural healthcare services.
In August 2021, USDA made the Emergency Rural HEALTHCARE Grants available through the American Rescue Plan Act to greatly help rural healthcare facilities, tribes and communities expand usage of healthcare services and nutrition assistance.
The assistance is helping provide immediate relief to aid rural hospitals, healthcare clinics and local communities. USDA is administering the funds through Rural Developments Community Facilities Program.
Beneath the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to greatly help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and enhance the standard of living for an incredible number of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as for example schools, public safety and healthcare; and high-speed access to the internet in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. To find out more, visit www.rd.usda.gov. If youd prefer to sign up to USDA Rural Development updates, go to the GovDelivery subscriber page.
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